New Staff

Coastland continues to grow to keep pace with the needs of our clients and communities.  The following is an introduction to the people hired recently.

Steven Van Saun

Associate Engineer

Steven Van Saun recently joined our Santa Rosa office as an Associate Engineer.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer specializing in hydrology, hydraulics, environmental permitting, dam safety, roadway design, stormwater management, roadway drainage, and soil erosion and sediment control measures.  Steve brings over 9 years of experience in the industry and has experience with a wide variety of public improvement projects, including highway interchanges, bridge reconstruction and replacement, roadway intersections, pedestrian safety enhancements, and storm drainage and sanitary sewer improvements.  Steve’s background also includes private and commercial land development and land surveying. 

Alfred Lee

Construction Manager

Alfred Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University and brings over five years of experience in the construction industry.  His expertise includes submittal and schedule review, materials procurement, field problem resolution, permitting and general contract administration for a variety of projects. He recently joined Coastland's Santa Rosa office and serves clients throughout the North and East Bay areas.

Prior to joining Coastland Alfred served as Project Manager for Suarez & Munoz Construction where he worked on numerous infrastructure projects throughout the Bay Area.

Mark Flatter

Senior Building Inspector / Plans Examiner

Mark has over 37 years of experience in the construction industry with 5 years in construction, 9 years working for an architectural and engineering firm, and over 23 years as an inspector and plans examiner.  He has certifications as Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Access Specialist (CASp), as well as other inspection certifications.  Mark has performed all building department functions including complete plan review, all phases of field inspection and inter-department coordination.  He also is a California Licensed Contractor and has designed, coordinated and managed projects when working with the architectural firm.

Mark has devoted his career to working with Code authors, Building Officials, government agency representatives, code consultants, design professionals and contractors to achieve code understanding, compliance, public safety and positive outcomes through clear communications and education.  Working in all three sectors of the building industry, Mark understands the viewpoints of construction, design and code compliance. 

Prior to joining Coastland he served as Building Official of the Town of Corte Madera.  His background also includes assignments at the Town of Paradise, City of Grass Valley and Sierra County.



Clay Dawley

Senior Building Inspector

Mr. Clay Dawley recently joined our Auburn office and brings over 34 years of experience in the building industry.  He is a Certified Building Inspector with experience in residential, commercial and industrial structures in varying stages of construction, alteration or repair.

Clay has a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with architects, engineers, contractors, builders and the general public to explain and interpret applicable codes and ordinances and ensure compliance.  Inspections include plumbing, mechanical, framework, concrete, masonry work.

Most recently, he was Building Official for the City of Willows.  Other assignments throughout his career include providing building services to the cities of Colusa, Sunnyvale, Williams, Yuba City, and Glenn County.


Lorenzo Hernandez

Junior Engineer

Lorenzo is a Junior Engineer with over three years of experience in the engineering field. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He recently joined Coastland's Auburn office to perform engineering design support, plan review and project assistance for various clients including Colfax and Wheatland.

Prior to joining Coastland, Lorenzo was an engineering intern with the City of Woodland.  His responsibilities included evaluating pavement conditions and designing construction plans for rehabilitated roads.  He also inspected curb ramps and gathered data to ensure they met current ADA standards.  Lorenzo’s experience also includes supporting the bid process of construction projects and preparing ATP program grant applicants for Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). 

Carol Stenlund

Permit Technican II

Carol is a certified Permit Technician with over 10 years of experience in the building industry.    Her background includes customer service and counter support for building departments, including permit processing and tracking.   At Coastland she uses her knowledge of building codes and polices to perform a variety of administrative functions for our ongoing municipal clients. 

Prior to joining Coastland, Carol served as Permit Technician for the County of Sonoma Permit and Resource Department (PRMD).   She provided customer service to help process all types of development permits and was actively involved in the development and deployment of the Accela permit tracking software.

Coastland is excited to develop our Building Department with the hire of a highly experienced Permit Technician with excellent customer service skills.

Rianna Uppal

Junior Engineer

Rianna graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering with a concentration in Civil and Sustainable Engineering.  At Coastland she performs engineering design support and plan review for various clients including the City of Ione and Town of Windsor.

Prior to joining Coastland, Rianna worked at Maggiora & Ghilotti as an Associate Project Engineer/Intern.  Her responsibilities included collaborating with engineering firms, coordinating with subcontractors and suppliers to complete submittals, reviewing plans and preparing RFIs.  Earlier, Rianna served as an intern with the City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department.

Erick Tadeja

Junior Engineer

Erick brings over 4 years of experience in the engineering field.  His background includes supporting the development of transportation projects while employed for the City of Burlingame.  Erick performs engineering design support, plan review and capital project design assistance at Coastland's Santa Rosa office.

While working for the City of Burlingame he provided design support of complete streets, bikeway improvements, annual street resurfacing and roundabouts.  He also reviewed and processed encroachment permit applications; performed plan preparation, quantity take-offs and cost estimates; prepared bid summary, material quantity spreadsheets, and payment authorization documents; and processed grant reimbursements, invoices and reports.